Hurricane Sandy assaulted the east coast of the United States in late October, causing a reported $20 billion worth of damages to home, businesses, and public services. Floods caused by the disaster also left thousands off the coast of New York and New Jersey without homes and millions without electricity. Many generous donators have taken to helping those affected by the storm, including the Miami Dolphins Football Team and a number of other celebrities who intend to donate millions to the relief effort.
On November 7, the Miami Dolphin’s team proprietor Stephen Ross announced that the team is going to donate $500,000 to a relief effort in New York. The money will go to those who have lost or had their homes badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. They also plan to donate profits that they make off ticket sales in an upcoming game to the American Red Cross as part of the relief effort.
Pop star and songwriter Lady Gaga also announced that she is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross to help the victims affected by Hurricane Sandy. The star wrote on her personal blog that “If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today.” Lady Gaga went on to say that she was donating the funds on behalf of her parents and her sister with “our deepest gratitude New York for raising us.”
Comedy performer and New York actor Jerry Seinfeld said that he too is going to donate money to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Seinfeld announced his intentions to donate while performing at a theater in Long Island. The funds will come from two of his future standup shows, he said. Collin Quinn, who was at the show with Seinfeld, said he will also donate profits made by standup shows to the relief effort. “I grew up on Long Island, and New York City is home,” Seinfeld wrote. “This is a tough time for this area, and we’re just glad to be able to help in the recovery.”
Ty Pennington, former host of the hit television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Trading Spaces,” teamed up with local retailers in New Jersey to deliver relief supplies to Hurricane Sandy victims. Pennington jumped behind the wheel of a box truck and loaded it with supplies such as water, blankets, batteries, and clothes donated from Kmart and its parent company, Sears. Originally Pennington intended to deliver the supplies directly to Seaside Heights, but that portion of the island had been declared a danger zone by New Jersey’s mayor. Instead, Pennington took the supplies to a nearby evacuation shelter.
Pennington’s interest in New Jersey is understandable given the circumstances there. New Jersey issued an evacuation notice on October 26 prior to Hurricane Sandy’s landfall. Among the areas evacuated were Mantoloking, Bay Head, Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, and Long Beach. The threat of the super storm also closed all of New Jersey’s casinos and tollbooths, two big moneymakers for the state. Two days later, residents in Hoboken and Logan townships were evacuated as floodwaters continued to rise throughout the state.